Their team may have lost - but Celtic FC's supporters left Lisbon with the praise and admiration of their Portuguese hosts after making a "wonderful gesture" in honour of former SL Benfica player Miklós Fehér.
'You'll never walk alone'
Fehér died in January 2004 after suffering a heart attack during a match between Benfica and Vitória SC, and the Celtic fans honoured his memory during last night's Group F game by displaying a banner bearing the Hungarian's name, shirt number and the words "Nunca caminharás sozinho" (You'll never walk alone).
Following Benfica's 3-0 victory, captain Simão and striker Nuno Gomes were presented with the banner by Celtic supporters Roddy Mackay, Ritchie Feenie and David McAnsh. The trio helped raise around €1,500 in four days to pay for the banner – and handed the funds left over to Benfica, to be donated to a cardiac unit in Lisbon.
"It was a unique moment and a wonderful gesture and we want to say thank you," Nuno Gomes told uefa.com. "You don't see this often and fans around the world can learn a lot from these British supporters. We are very glad because every day we remember our friend Miki Fehér. He is always with us. This is a great display of fair play from an opposition club."
Celtic captain Neil Lennon said: "You know how passionate these fans are, not just about their own club but about football worldwide. It's a tremendous gesture and they make us very proud."
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